2009-07-09 / About Town

URI master gardeners to sponsor statewide garden tour

Private and public gardens, 39 of them, designed and maintained by gardeners trained through URI’s master gardener program will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, for the fourth biennial “Gardening with the Masters,” Rhode Island’s only statewide garden tour.

The gardens will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days, rain or shine.

“Gardening with the Masters” is sponsored by the URI Master Gardener Association, a 600-member, all-volunteer service organization of certified URI master gardeners, whose mission focuses on education, outreach and sustainability.

Master gardeners will serve as guides at each site and educational materials will be available at www. urimga.org

Guidebooks, which serve as admission for both days and include garden descriptions and directions, must be purchased in advance. They are available for $15 at garden centers throughout the state or through the URI master gardener website. Tickets are also available at Schartner Farms in Exeter, The Farmer’s Daughter in Wakefield, Highland Farm in Wakefield and Chaves’ Gardens in Middletown.

Call 874-2900 for more information.

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